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Confederation Centre of the Arts to Announce 2016 Symons Medal Recipient

April 26, 2016

Accolade honours eminent Canadian who has made an outstanding contribution to national life

(Charlottetown, P.E.I.) - On Monday, June 6, 2016 Confederation Centre of the Arts, Canada's national memorial to the founding of the country, will announce this year's recipient of the Symons Medal, one of Canada's most prestigious honours.

The Symons Medal is presented annually by Confederation Centre to recognize distinguished persons who have made an exceptional contribution to Canadian culture and heritage.

Since 2004, Confederation Centre has honoured 15 distinguished Symons Medalists. Past recipients include His Royal Highness Prince Charles, Prince of Wales; His Excellency Governor General David Johnston; former Prime Minister Paul Martin; President of the national Inuit organization, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, Mary Simon; broadcaster and environmental leader, David Suzuki; and Canadian actor and director Paul Gross.

The annual presentation of the Symons Medal is an opportunity for all Canadians to recognize an outstanding contribution to national life, and to reflect upon their country and its future. As part of the medal ceremony, the celebrated recipient delivers a major address on the state of Canada, and its place in the world.

The Symons Medal Ceremony will take place this year on Friday, November 4, 2016 at Confederation Centre. Held each fall to mark the 1864 meetings of the Fathers of Confederation in Charlottetown, the medal ceremony creates a national platform for a prominent Canadian to discuss the nation's current state and future prospects. Canada's only national memorial to the Fathers of Confederation, Confederation Centre's mandate is to inspire Canadians to celebrate the founding and evolution of their country.

The opportunity to take in the recipient's medal ceremony and lecture will be made available through the Confederation Centre Box Office at a later date. For more information, please visit and follow event updates on social media @confedcentre and via #Symons2016.

The Symons Medal is named in honour of Professor Thomas H.B. Symons, a long-time supporter of Confederation Centre and a Board Governor. Professor Symons, the founding President of Trent University, is widely recognized for his work in the field of Canadian Studies, particularly within public policy, heritage, and education.

Photo Cutline: Confederation Centre of the Arts will announce the recipient of the 2016 Symons Medal on Monday, June 6, 2016 (Louise Vessey image).

Previous Symons Medal Recipients:
• Mr. Paul Gross, Canadian actor, director, writer and producer, 2015;
• Mr. Stephen Lewis, Human Rights Activist, 2014;
• His Royal Highness Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, on occasion of the Royal Visit, marking Confederation Centre's 50th anniversary, 2014;
• The Right Honourable Paul Martin, Canada's 21st Prime Minister, 2013;
• Dr. David Suzuki, Canadian Scientist, Broadcaster, and Author, 2012;
• Dr. Ivan P. Fellegi, Canada's Chief Statistician Emeritus, 2011;
• His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, 2010;
• Mary Simon, President of the national Inuit organization Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, 2009;
• The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, P.C., Chief Justice of Canada, 2008;
• Dr. Ian E. Wilson, Librarian and Archivist of Canada, 2008;
• The Honourable Peter Lougheed, Former Premier of Alberta and The Honourable John Crosbie, P.C., Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador, 2007;
• Mark Starowicz, journalist and broadcaster, 2006;
• The Honourable R. Roy McMurtry, Chief Justice of Ontario, 2005;
• The Honourable Jean Charest, Premier of Quebec, 2004.

Background on the Centre:
Confederation Centre of the Arts is Canada's national memorial to the Fathers of Confederation, located in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Home to The Charlottetown Festival - with the long-running Anne of Green Gables-The MusicalTM as its crown jewel - and a major Canadian art gallery, this living memorial welcomes more than 250,000 visitors each year. First opened by HRM Queen Elizabeth II in 1964, Confederation Centre continues to present the finest in Canadian visual and performing arts, heritage, and arts education to visitors from across Canada and around the world.

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